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post #14 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 06:24 PM
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That 14 watt CFL bulb should be about 20 inches above the substrate to get 40 micromols of PAR, which is as much light as you need, with CO2 to grow the carpet. Any closer to the substrate and you will very likely have to fight off algae attacks.

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